Saturday 24 February 2018

Allardyce looks for speedy Blackburn takeover deal

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce hopes that the proposed takeover of the club occurs as soon as possible without disrupting his plans for the new season.

Talks appear to be advancing, with Indian businessman Saurin Shah believed to be interested in taking over from the Walker Trust, with his consortium said to have arrived in England this week for further discussions.

Shah is believed to have made an offer in the region of £25m (€30m) for the club, which was taken over by Jack Walker in 1990 and has been led by the Trust since his death in 2000.

It is understood that no offer has been accepted by the club and that no period of due diligence undertaken, with other parties still rumoured to be interested in purchasing the Ewood Park club.

Allardyce, who took the reins at Blackburn at the end of 2008, was pleased with the possibility of extra finances being available at the club, but wanted the situation resolved as quickly as possible.

"I think, like everything else, it is speculation at the moment," he told the 'Lancashire Telegraph'.

"There seems to be other interest as well as that one (Shah) and from my point of view it would be very important to get the club sorted before we start a new season.

"It is a very difficult situation to deal with because you are not sure if and when a new owner is going to come in.

"And that can cause a little bit of uncertainty -- certainly from my point of view. I was at Newcastle and fell foul to a takeover by losing my job. If the club are to be sold then I would prefer it would be sold as quickly as possible."

Irish Independent

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